Notes: For DebC!
Happy Holidays! Lana/Pete as the pairing
Prompt: "in his wildest dreams"
I Can Be Your Hero, Baby
“Will you stop fidgeting? I can’t get your tie right if you keep squirming.”
Pete Ross clenched his eyes as tightly as his fists and managed to stay still for all of ten seconds. Releasing his breath in a explosive puff, he looked up at his friend who was grinning at him like a loon.
“Don’t worry. I got it.”
“Hey, no problem. What’s a best man for?”
Pete bounced on his toes for several moments then threw himself whole-heartedly into pacing again.
“Will you calm down?”
Pete nodded, but kept walking. “She’s going to change her mind. I just know it.”
Pete turned and ran smack into the solid chest of his best friend.
“Because you’re a good man and you make her laugh.”
Pete’s sudden smile wavered. “But why me? Why not you?”
“She’d take you back in a second if you’d let her,” Pete said miserably.
Pete looked at him with skepticism in his eyes.
Pete dropped his chin to his chest. “I do.”
“Maybe I...maybe I should go,”
Before he could say another word, Pete grabbed him by the elbow. “
Pete stopped, his smile returning. “I can’t tell you an exact day. It happened gradually. I used to stop by the Talon every time I came home for a visit. Smallville just wasn’t the same without you and Chloe, man. Hell, I was even missing Luthor at that point.” Pete huffed with amusement. “It was just good to see a familiar face, you know?”
Pete’s eyes grew distant as he sank into his memories. “She was having trouble with her projector one night and I offered to help.”
“Because you’re such an electronic whiz and all,”
Pete flashed him a silly grin. “Somehow, between the two of us, we got it working again.” Absently, Pete’s fingers started to trace the patterns on the stained glass window of their little waiting room. “The next evening, I stopped by again. Just to make sure everything was okay, you know?”
“We started talking and it felt…good. You know? Before I knew it, I was finding all sorts of reasons to come home for the weekend. As the months passed, I started stopping off at the Talon before I even made it home. There was just something about the way her face lit up when she saw me...” Pete stopped and blushed.
“I guessed I figured it out right before my senior year. My car was packed. I had said good-bye to my folks. I stopped by the Talon to say good-bye…”
“I couldn’t make myself leave her. I mean, I tried, right? It got to be a joke. I’d say good-bye, but my feet wouldn’t move. I just stood there like an idiot. She was busting my chop and we were both giggling like idiots when she just leaned forward and kissed me. I thought the gates of heaven had opened.”
“You sound surprised.”
“I was. I mean, on campus I was still holding myself out to be a ladies’ man, chasing girls and being all smooth. Lana was...Lana was just *Lana*, you know? She was the one person I could be myself with, good, bad and ugly. I never tried to impress her because she was like my best friend, and who in the hell falls in love with their best friend?”
“Just the luckiest of souls,”
“Tell me about it.” Pete turned to face
Before he could speak,
“You didn’t make Lex choose the dark path,
“I didn’t save him when I had the chance, and I had so many chances.”
Pete bit his lip and nodded, tears stinging his eyes. “Thank you,” he whispered.
“No, thank you for allowing me to be a part of this.”
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be standing here,” Pete confided quietly.
A knock on the door startled them both.
“Do you have the ring?”
“What do you mean ‘what ring’?” Pete all but shrieked.
“Man, it’s a good thing you’re invulnerable.”
“Oh, come on, like you didn’t have that coming.”
“Yeah, I suppose I did.”
They stood at the front of the church and waited for the music which would announce the bride’s arrival. After what seemed like an eternity, the organ finally began to play.
Pete turned and watched as Mr. Sullivan escorted Lana down the aisle. Lana’s gaze locked with his and never wavered. With each step she took toward him, his heart grew in size until he was sure everyone in the church could hear his heart sing.
He might not be a super man, but he would be her hero.
A HUGE honking thank you goes to Reetchick for her beta! You rock, girl!